Trivia / Mad Max

  • Actor-Inspired Element: It was Roger Ward's idea for his character to wear a scarf in one scene. "If I was going bare top, I was going to wear a tie."
  • Adored by the Network: The film popped up almost daily on AMC in the spring/summer of 2005.
  • Banned in China: This movie was banned in New Zealand for the scene when Goose is burned alive inside of his vehicle. It mirrored an incident with a real gang not long before the film came out. It was later shown in New Zealand in 1983, after the huge success of The Road Warrior, but only as long as it had an R18 certificate.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • Max's black coupe. It is a Pursuit Special, but is often mistakenly called the Interceptor, the designation of his yellow patrol car (and also Roop and Charlie's patrol car), by fans, because it sounds cooler. And not just by fans — in Road Warrior, it's described as "the last of the V8 Interceptors" by the mechanic.
    • Max is never referred to onscreen as Mad Max. The nearest anyone comes to it is when Johnny screams at Max that he is mad when he is handcuffed by the ankle to a car rigged to explode.
  • Cast the Expert:
    • A lot of the extras recruited to play biker gang members were actual local bikers, whom the pocket-change-budget production paid in beer.
    • George Miller was a physician before he became a filmmaker, and used his medical expertise to create the injuries seen in the film.
  • Breakthrough Hit: For George Miller.
  • Deleted Scene: The Mad Max Movies page lists various scenes that were cut from the first movie, but were said to have shown up in early cuts of the US version, especially on cable and VHS/Betamax. One deleted scene was said to have the biker gang return to Main Force Patrol headquarters and kill the remaining MFP officers. That may explain the absence of Max's comrades when he goes hunting for the bikers.
  • Fake Australian: Because Mel Gibson was born in NY, but raised in Australia.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Hugh Keays-Byrne plays the violent, murderous Toecutter but interviews show that Keays-Byrne is a very humble old fellow who seems really grateful to be able to do another Mad Max villain in Immortan Joe decades later. A scene in a behind-the-scenes clip for Fury Road shows him walking in full costume while stuntmen (also in full costume) stand on the trailer used to transport the screen-used cars. He bellows "You look amazing!", and they respond with the Warboy salute.
  • Method Acting: Hugh Keays-Byrne and the other actors playing the bikies stayed in character most of the time to create a real feeling of tension between them and the MFP actors. It worked a little too well; Geoff Parry (Bubba Zanetti) recalled being refused service at a bank and David Bracks (Mudguts) said he was kicked out of a restaurant. A lot of the crew were afraid of Hugh as well, who was almost constantly in character as the Toecutter. Tim Burns (Johnny the Boy) was so into character, that he annoyed everyone on-set, and was abandoned one day during lunch while handcuffed to the wreck.
  • Missing Episode: As noted above, some American viewers claim to have seen a number of additional scenes in early US cuts of the film such as the bikers killing off the remaining MFP officers, Max & Goose having a race and Max arming himself from the police arsenal before going after the bikers. These were said to be shown in cuts of the film on cable television in the early 1980s as well as VHS/Betamax copies. At the time of this writing, video of these deleted scenes have not been found.
  • Name's the Same: The first two films were not scored by Brian May, guitarist of Queen, but by a Australian composer of the same name.
  • No Budget: Prior to the release of The Blair Witch Project, Mad Max had the highest profit ($100 million US Dollars) to cost ($300,000-400,000 Australian) ratio of any film. Most of the actors provided their own cars and the extras were paid with beer.
  • The Other Marty: Originally, filming was scheduled to take ten weeks-six weeks of first unit, and four weeks on stunt and chase sequences. However, four days into shooting, Rosie Bailey, who was originally cast as Jessie, was injured in a bike accident. Production was halted, and Bailey was replaced by Joanne Samuel, causing a two-week delay.
  • Star-Making Role: For Mel Gibson.
  • Studio Hop: The film was released by Roadshow Entertainment in Australia, American International Pictures in the US, and Warner Bros. in the rest of the world.
  • Throw It In!: Jessie doesn't use real sign language. They're just some movements that Joanne Samuel made up.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Mad Max Wiki.
  • Word of God: George Miller has said that the films are not part of a consistent canon, but rather a series of loosely-connected folk tales.
  • Write What You Know: The events of the film were heavily based on George Miller's memories of all the serious injuries and death he witnessed while working in a Sydney ER, as well as the serious car accidents, some of which killed friends of his, that occurred around his boyhood home in rural Queensland.
  • You Look Familiar: 36 years after playing Big Bad Toecutter, Hugh Keays-Byrne returned to the franchise to the play another Big Bad as Immortan Joe in Fury Road.


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